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Celebrate! Celebrate!

Ottsville House, George Sotter

Payne Gallery exhibit marks 30 years of excellence in exhibitions

The 2012-13 academic year marks 30 years of exhibitions at the Payne Gallery. With its new exhibit, Celebrate! Celebrate! the Gallery proves it is still going strong, after more than 200 shows.

The exhibit will run from Thursday, November 8, to Tuesday, December 18, with an opening reception on November 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Gallery. Admission is free, and the public is welcome.

Made possible by the extraordinary vision and generosity of Priscilla Payne Hurd, the Payne Gallery (named for her parents, Frank E. and Seba B. Payne) is an unusual asset for a small college, indeed, for any educational institution. It is also one of Bethlehem’s treasures.

The exhibition will showcase the most recent acquisition made for the Gallery by Mrs. Hurd, a total of six Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings, which makes the Moravian’s collection the second-largest collection of such artists in the country, rivaled only by the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown.

“Priscilla Payne Hurd's most recent acquisition for the Payne Gallery is a group of six paintings, including four Philadelphia Ten artists, one of her personal favorites, W. E. Schofield, and an artist that had so far eluded us, George Sotter,” says Diane Radycki, associate professor of art and director of the Payne Gallery. “With the recent acquisition of Sotter's Ottsville House, we now round out Moravian College's permanent collection.”

The Payne Gallery has joined forces with a wide variety of museums and galleries through its three decades. “Our long list of collaborators includes museums both close and far—virtually every museum in the Lehigh Valley to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian, the National Gallery in Washington, and the Jewish Museum in Prague, just to name a few,” Radycki adds. “Throughout the academic year the gallery will be celebrating—and we invite you to begin celebrating with us, with this anniversary exhibition of highlights from the permanent collection.”